The Nasty Bear

LAKE FOREST -- Goldilocks better not touch Marc Colombo's porridge.<p> This newest Bear has a real nasty side to him.<p>

"My family, we tend to have short tempers, but I have a great family. It's really an on-the-field thing, but if you meet me off the field I'm a pretty nice guy," said Colombo, the Bears' first-round draft pick who met the media at Halas Hall Monday. "On the field, yes, I can be nasty. It's kind of a switch that turns on, and that's how I love football -- being aggressive and finishing blocks and playing to the whistle."

Colombo, a 6-foot-7, 313-pound offensive tackle from Boston College, should fit in quite well in the Windy City. The 23-year-old Massachusetts native was the 29th pick in Saturday's NFL draft. He could step right into the void at left tackle, too, since Blake Brockermeyer turned down the team's last offer on Friday, backup Jimmy Herndon moved on to Houston and second-year pro Bernard Robertson didn't play a down last season.

Robertson was a fifth-round pick in 2001 who also plays center and guard. Colombo is a first-round pick and a true tackle.

"I think at looking at the 32 teams (in the league) there couldn't have been a better place for me to be," Colombo said. "I mean Chicago is just a tough hard-nosed city, and the fans are great.

"I think the O-line is unbelievable here, and the coaching staff. I look forward to the opportunity. I think this city fits my type of character."

Colombo was the fourth offensive tackle taken in the first round. He was rated fifth by Pro Football Weekly and The Sporting News.

After a career of playing right tackle, Colombo moved to left tackle two games into the 2001 season. He missed Boston College's final three regular-season games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, but returned to play in the Eagles' bowl game before undergoing arthroscopic surgery.

"We're excited about what Marc brings to the table," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. "We not only like him as a player, but he has the type of character that we want to continue to build the franchise around."

Colombo, the only Bears draftee brought in Monday, will join the rest of the team's other eight picks in mini-camps that start Friday and run through Sunday.


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